When it comes to Nikki Bella and fiancé Artem Chigvintsev‘s relationship, the couple is keen on finding “more ways to keep that spark” during pregnancy, the 36-year-old exclusively reveals to Life & Style.
“I feel like now every time I’m naked, everything gears towards my body changes or my pregnant belly, and I was telling him, I was like, ‘Sometimes I need you to think of a girl who has nothing with pregnancy,'” she says, meaning for Artem to think of her as not being pregnant.
She continued, “And we just go straight into it and we don’t talk about anything dealing with pregnancy, which is hard.”
Nikki says that her twin, Brie Bella, who’s currently expecting her second child with husband Bryan Danielson, warned her about how pregnancy would affect her relationship with Artem. “I now totally get when my sister was like, ‘It’s stuff you have to work on,’ because it’s just crazy how already before our baby’s here how life already revolves around that,” divulges Nikki.
Luckily, the Dancing With the Stars alum is a pro in making his lady feel great “But Artem still does a good job, like he knows how to grab me in certain ways,” the mom-to-be says. “He always goes for the dip and I get all giddy, but he dipped me the other day and I felt like my stomach ripped in half and I’m like, ‘Dipping is done. No more of that.’ So we try to find our little ways but definitely think it’s really hard!”
Since this is all new to Nikki, she’s been leaning on her sister to give her advice, which includes “letting go of vanity.” Nikki previously told Life & Style that her sis reassures her and tells her not to be hard on her changing body.
“So, Brie is just constantly reminding me, ‘You’re pregnant. Vanity doesn’t even exist anymore,’ and is trying to just have me be present and appreciate these changes, and it’s tough,” Nikki said.
Luckily, her bundle of joy helps. “You just look at this thing growing inside of you, and you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe how I’m so in love with something I’ve never even met!'” she said. How sweet.
Be sure to tune into season 5 of Total Bellas, premiering on E! Thursday, April 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Reporting by Diana Cooper